Lower Back Pain.

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In this week’s blog from www.orthomedical.in, let’s get to know causes for the pain in the lower back, symptoms and light exercises to reduce the chronic pain. We came across this article in http://www.webmd.com/ and wanted to share this with our readers.

Low back pain is a fact of life. Just about everybody will suffer from it sooner or later. One of the main causes of back pain, whether acute or chronic, is low back strain.

What is low back strain?

 A series of muscles and ligaments in your back hold the bones of your spinal column in place. You can strain these muscles by stretching them too far, causing tiny tears in the tissue. The muscles are then weakened, so they may not be able to hold the bones of your spinal column in place correctly. The spine becomes less stable, causing low back pain. And because nerves stretch out from the spinal cord throughout the entire body; low back strain can cause pain in areas other than your back.

Low back strain can be caused by:

Extreme physical exertion, falling, bending or crouching repeatedly and lifting heavy objects if you are not in shape can cause strain to the back. It can also be caused by emotional stress, improper posture, being overweight, out of shape, or sitting in the same position for long periods of time. Even a severe cough can result in low back strain. Keep in mind that low back strain can’t be blamed for all back pain. There are many other causes, like slipped discs, fractures, pinched nerves, arthritis, and infections.

Symptoms of low back strain include:

Pain and stiffness in the back,pain in the buttocks and the legs, often in the back of the thigh,pain that worsens when bending, stretching, coughing, or sneezing.

Since some symptoms of low back strain are similar to those of more serious conditions, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor. Any numbness and weakness in your legs, or bowel and bladder problems, can be a sign of nerve damage — and that needs immediate medical attention.

 Treatment for Low Back Strain:

Low back strain can be a painful and depressing injury. But the good news is that most cases heal on their own, given time.

To speed the healing, you should:

  • Ice your back to reduce pain and swelling as soon as you injure yourself. Do it for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days. You can also ice your back after physical activity.
  • Apply heat to your back — but only after 2-3 days of icing it first. Use heat on your back only after the initial swelling has gone down. You could use an electric heating pad or a hot water bottle. Or you could just soak in a hot bath.
  • Use support. Ask doctor or therapist first, but consider getting a belt or girdle to add support to your back. Use it only short-term or for support with heavy or repetitive lifting.

At Orthomedical, our back support and treatment belt WG30 helps to reduce the chronic pain. Which is comfortable to wear; convenient use anywhere and anytime. One can enjoy working at office, doing their daily house work, travelling, and sports even while wearing the belt.

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Do exercises to build up strength. Do not stay in bed or on the couch all day. That will make it worse. Maintain good muscle tone in your abdominal and lower back muscles. No matter what people tell you, bed rest doesn’t work. People used to think that the best treatment for low back strain was to lie on your back until you felt better. But studies show it doesn’t help. In fact, after taking it easy for a day or two, you should usually start light physical activity.

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CHRONIC PAIN MANAGEMENT

In this week’s blog from orthomedical.in, we shall discus Chronic pain management. Chronic pain is pain that lasts longer than six months. Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. With chronic pain, signals of pain remain active in the nervous system for weeks, months, or even years. This can take both a physical and emotional toll on a person.

The most common sources of pain stem from headaches, joint pain, pain from injury, and backaches. Other kinds of chronic pain include tendinitis, sinus pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and pain affecting specific parts of the body, such as the shoulders, pelvis, and neck. Generalized muscle or nerve pain can also develop into a chronic condition.

Chronic pain may originate with an initial trauma/injury or infection, or there may be an ongoing cause of pain. However, some people suffer chronic pain in the absence of any past injury or evidence of body damage.

The emotional toll of chronic pain also can make pain worse. Anxiety, stress, depression, anger, and fatigue interact in complex ways with chronic pain and may decrease the body’s production of natural painkillers; moreover, such negative feelings may increase the level of substances that amplify sensations of pain, causing a vicious cycle of pain for the person. Even the body’s most basic defences may be compromised: There is considerable evidence that unrelenting pain can suppress the immune system.

Because of the mind-body links associated with chronic pain, effective treatment requires addressing psychological as well as physical aspects of the condition.

Pain is complex, so there are many treatment options — medications, pain relief devices, therapies, and mind-body techniques.

Pain Clinics: A pain clinic is a health care facility that focuses on the diagnosis and management of chronic pain.

Natural Pain Relief: Lifestyle changes, physical therapy, counselling — in addition to medication or surgery, these can also bring pain relief. Click here to learn more.

Chiropractic Care for Pain: This hands-on therapy has been shown to help in treating neck pain and headaches.

IceOtherm – has been proven to be most successful in treating localized and chronic pain, as opposed to short term, acute pain. The IceOtherm is a class II medical device designed to engage the body’s natural healing abilities using both hot and cold stimuli. The interlaced hot and cold stimuli, induces a paradoxical burning sensation known as the Thermal Grill Illusion. Typical chronic pain symptoms that would be aided by the use of the IceOtherm include:

Tennis elbow, shoulder and knee ailments and other chronic tendonitis conditions, Chronic musculoskeletal pain such as neck and lower back pain, Osteoarthritis of the hands, Lower back pain, Neuropathic pain, Plantar fasciitis and Headaches

IceOtherm has proven to be effective in treating conditions where patients often visit chiropractors, physiotherapist or use other self-help treatments.

Alternative Therapy: Research shows that acupuncture and other nonmedical treatments can provide pain relief.